Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Polar Express Hot Chocolate Recipe (aka the BEST hot chocolate you've ever tasted)

Earlier today I shared all the details behind a cute little Polar Express themed breakfast party I had for some mom friends of mine and their babies.  The star of the party (besides the adorable kids running around in their pjs) was this insanely decadent hot chocolate.  I'm sharing the recipe so that you too may ingest approximately 1 billion calories in one yummy mug. 

Polar Express Hot Chocolate (aka the BEST hot chocolate you've ever tasted) Recipe:
--1.5 cups of heavy cream
--1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
--2 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips
--6 cups of milk
--1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large pot over low heat, combine all of the above ingredients.  Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with other ingredients.  

If you're making this for a party, you could add all of the above ingredients to a crockpot a few hours before guests arrive.  Provide a ladle and mugs and let them serve themselves.   

I choose to transfer my hot chocolate and coffee into these thermal carafes instead.   They kept everything piping hot and were a little neater.

 And of course, a thick, homemade marshmallow is the perfect topper to this decadent drink. 

This is definitely not the kind of thing you'll have every day but one cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day is pretty close to heaven in my book.